Revival of Traditions for Recognition

10-kaena-point-father-and-son-670-2In 1985, Royal Order of Broken Paddle (ROBP) was reconstituted on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii and Island of Moorea, Tahiti, French Polynesia, by persons long committed to preserving the natural and physical history, culture, and wisdom of the Native People of Hawaii and Polynesia.   Among the first projects undertaken by ROBP:

In the mid-1980s ROBP coordinated donation of historical land with critical environmental importance and marine access, additionally supplying establishing support, with contribution of capital, research, and research vessels to a new South Pacific Marine Research Station on the Island of Moorea http://moorea.berkeley.edu/

In 1975, the traditional sailing vessel Hōkūle‘a was launched in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.  In 1976, Hōkūle‘a transited the Pacific with native crew and traditional navigation, transiting Hawaii to Pape‘ete, Tahiti.   Critical voyaging support with teaching of  traditional navigation was provided to support the historic voyage from Polynesia to Hawaii that reestablished traditional Pacific navigation by voyage of the Hōkūle‘a  (http://hokulea.org/).

1986 Transition of Pacific Islands to Native People: In 1944, the South Pacific Mandate was created by League of Nations Mandate was undertaken by the U.S after World War II.  The Pacific Islands became a UN trusteeship in 1947.  The United States Navy controlled the Pacific from Hawaii and bases in Guam and Saipan. Following research observations and findings coordinated with the East West Center (http://www.eastwestcenter.org/)and School of Law at the University of Hawaii (https://www.law.hawaii.edu/), the U.S. ended administration of the Marshall Islands District http://www.state.gov/p/eap/ci/rm/, Chuuk http://www.fsmlaw.org/chuuk/ , Yap/Micronesia http://www.fsmgov.org/ , Kosrae, Pohnpei, and the Mariana Islands districts http://gov.mp/ US terminated administration and these Pacific Islands became sovereign states governed by Native people.

For more than a half century, ROBP has supported the aspirational goals of cooperation for Island Wisdom and Global Lessons.